Lemon Bars


Creamy Lemon Bars | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

I think the whole country is ready for spring.  We are actually having spring here, but I am still ready for warmer temps.  To be able to go outside without a jacket one would be nice.  I can’t wait to be able to open up the windows and let some fresh air in.  We are in for a nice weekend here, so I am excited to maybe get outside and enjoy the weather.  One thing I am becoming a little obsessed with this spring is citrus.  If you know me, you know this is not normal, but I am loving it!

Creamy Lemon Bars are perfect for spring | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

I don’t think I have ever made a lemon bar before.  I made Lemonade Pie a couple years ago, but that is the only lemon dessert I have ever made.  I am a chocoholic to the core.  Don’t worry, chocolate will still take up prime real estate on this blog, but I am starting to see the draw of lemon desserts.  Sweet, tangy, tart, and just plain good!  My husband is not a fan of chocolate, so he might like this new trend.

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My husband was having a team outing at work, a couple weeks ago.  They were heading up to the mountains to go snowshowing for the afternoon.  I took the opportunity to bake these bars, and send them along.  They needed fuel for the hike, right?  They disappeared very quickly.   Lemon is just perfect for spring; these bars would even make a great dessert to have for Easter.  So even if you are as obsessed with chocolate as I am, you really do need to make these.  I could not stay away from them!

Lemon Bars

Yields 20

A buttery crust topped with a bright, sweet, tangy and tart lemon filling.

10 minPrep Time

50 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter, cut into cubs
  • Lemon Layer
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree. Spray a 13x9 inch pan with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, powdered sugar, and butter. Using your hands, mix until it comes together as a dough. Press into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven.
  4. Meanwhile in an electric mixer bowl mix together sugar, eggs, and lemon juice. Mix on medium speed for 4-5 minutes; until light, fluffy, and the sugar is completely dissolved. Add flour and baking powder, and mix until well incorporated.
  5. Pour over the baked crust. Return to the oven and bake for 22-25 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven, and cool completely before dusting with powdered sugar, and serving.


If you want the bars to be a little more tart add 1 tsp of lemon zest

Adapted from Food.com





  1. YES! to going outside without a jacket. We in the Pacific NW actually have had days like that. But I am GREEDY. What a perfect ‘sunny’ recipe to post to bring out our inner
    sunshine and warmth. Good choice. Smiles——

  2. Lemons are such fresh, friendly fruits. They make me want to open the windows wide and let the blue checked curtains that I do not own blow in the breeze. Your lemon bars scream Spring. Now, if only the weather will cooperate :-)

  3. Free Akins says:

    1/2 of what lemon juice? Cup, 1/2 a lemon, teaspoon?

  4. Denise Morris says:

    The recipe for this is very much like traditional British Lemon meringue pie. The exceptions are it’s a whole pie and you also add some lemon zest for an extra lemony zing into the filling, then top the pie with meringue and bake. A great favourite in the UK.

  5. Tran Tran says:

    I once used a mixer to mix the layer’s ingredients. Unfortunately it got bubbles and had a foam layer on top. The bars tasted just fine but the appearance was… not that great, since the white foam covered the golden yellow of the lemon :(

    • Part of that might be the time you mixed it. You need to make sure to mix for a long time, to have the sugar fully dissolve. An easy way to fix those bubbles, it to just dust with powdered sugar – no one will know the difference :)

  6. I love lemon bars. These look absolutely amazing and I bet I’d eat the whole batch all by my lonesome.

  7. These lemon bars look fantastic! We have a bag of lemons on our counter; I know what we will be doing with them this weekend!! Thanks for the post :-)

  8. Oh Erin I’m with you – I can’t wait for the warmer weather – your lovely lemon bars certainly spread a little sunshine – simply delicious


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